Bulldogs bite the Bears
The Leroy Bears came into Nolan Atkins Stadium Friday night looking to stop the potent rushing attack of the Bulldogs. But it was the Bulldog&8217;s air attack that did the Bears in.
Senior quarterback Drew Luker finished the game 7-for-10 for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Landrum and Johnnie Lockett carried the rushing attack that gained 162 yards on 32 carries. And the Bulldogs&8217; stingy defense held the Bears to only 13 yards on 24 carries.
The Bears, themselves, established a passing game with 19 completions for 268 yards.
The game started with Luker hitting Heath Hill with a 34-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was no good, but the Bulldogs led 6-0.
On the Bears first possession, Demaraquis Williams picked off a pass and returned it to the Bear 18-yard line. From there, Luker collected his second touchdown pass of the night, hitting Travis Young on an 18-yard pass. Landrum converted the two-point conversion and the score now stood at 14-0.
The Bulldogs&8217; defense forced another punt, which Delano Brewer blocked and then ran for the touchdown. The score now stood at 21-0.
The Bears came back with a 17-yard touchdown pass of their own, cutting the score to 21-7. But not to be outdone, the Bulldogs marched back down the field with a drive right before the half to take a 28-7 lead into the half.
The third quarter started similar to the first. The Bulldogs marched down the field, and Landrum collected his second touchdown of the night on a 3-yard run. The score stood at 35-7.
The Bears scored one more time in the fourth quarter leaving the final at 35-14.
With senior Bulldog captain Nakia Dennis sidelined with a foot injury, the Bulldogs&8217; defense won one for the Gipper, so to speak. Junior defensive end Tre McIntosh finished the game with 3.5 sacks, only to be mirrored by junior defensive tackle Tyrese Lockett with three of his own.
When asked what the goals were for the Bulldogs, Luker replied: &8220;To win a state championship.&8221;